James Seerley Clark, USN

Born  2 Oct 1912Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Died  14 Jun 1944(31)USS Golet (SS-361)


6 Jun 1935 Ens.
6 Jun 1938 Lt.(jg)
1 Jan 1942 Lt.
1 May 1943 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Mar 1944 T/Cdr.


Warship Commands listed for James Seerley Clark, USN

USS Golet (361)T/Cdr.Submarine28 May 194414 Jun 1944 (+)

Career information

James Seerley Clark was born on 2 Oct 1912 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa to Atherton Brockway Clark and Helen Clara Seerley.

James Clark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1935.

He listed as "Missing in Action" during World War II and was subsequently declared a casualty of that war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Silver star citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander James Seerley Clark (NSN: 0-75043), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Assistant Approach Officer and also as Torpedo and Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S. SWORDFISH (SS-193), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Area during World War II. During four hazardous war patrols of his Submarine, Lieutenant Commander Clark rendered invaluable services by his skillful maintenance of torpedoes, insuring consistently straight, accurate runs, and by his splendid initiative in effectively solving the torpedo problem despite severe enemy depth charging and bombing. When the SWORDFISH was assigned two special missions to Corregidor Fortress, Lieutenant Commander Clark greatly assisted in the successful execution of these important tasks. His outstanding ability and inspiring leadership contributed materially to the destruction of eleven hostile vessels and the damaging of another, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 02121 (October 22, 1943)

Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Golet (361)

28 May 1944
USS Golet (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Clark) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Honshu in Japanese home waters.

4 Jun 1944 (position 35.47, 154.54)
USS Golet (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Clark) most likely sank the Japanese guard boat Shinko Maru No.10 (72 GRT) east of Japan in position 35°47'N, 154°54'E.

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